Class Agenda #72 – Think Pair Share- “Tell Tale Heart”, III

Opener- What is a physical movement or characteristic that bothers you about other people? ex… slouching, mustaches, webbed toes, close talker, shout talker…

#1 (IN MY HEART)- “Midnight Train To Georgia” Gladys Knight & The Pips (4:38)

Part I- SLT- I can write for extended periods of time.

(5 Min) DO NOW- Journal about a characteristic or trait that drives you maddddddddddd! Think context and anecdote!

  • Share 1

Part II– Mini-Lesson – Point Of View

Unreliable Narrator- A narrator who should and cannot be trusted!


Mini-Lesson- What makes this character unreliable? How could it affect the story? 

Think Aloud- 

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded—with what caution— with what foresight—with what dissimulation I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it—oh, so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, so that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head. Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in! I moved it slowly—very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man’s sleep. It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed. Ha!—would a madman have been so wise as this? And then, when my head was well in the room, I undid the lantern cautiously—oh, so cautiously—cautiously (for the hinges creaked)—I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye. And this I did for seven long nights—every night just at midnight—but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye.

  • Think Pare Share- How does this passage show the narrator is unreliable? 

    Every night about twelve o’clock I slowly opened his door. And when the door was opened wide enough I put my hand in, and then my head. In my hand I held a light covered over with a cloth so that no light showed. And I stood there quietly. Then, carefully, I lifted the cloth, just a little, so that a single, thin, small light fell across that eye. For seven nights I did this, seven long nights, every night at midnight. Always the eye was closed, so it was impossible for me to do the work. For it was not the old man I felt I had to kill; it was the eye, his Evil Eye.

    • Think 15 Seconds
    • Partner 1 Share
    • Partner II Paraphrase what partner 1 said

Part III- “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe – The Difficult Version

  1. Download “The Tell Tale Heart” to your desktop.
  2. Save As- and Name it Using Your Name. example- “tell_tale_heart_poe_boccheciampII.doc”
  3. Independent Read this story.
  • Class Read Aloud- “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

    • As You Read- Text Code-
    • Highlight Lines from the story the represent the narrator’s reliability.
    • Underline words the address the story’s mood.
  • SHARE- Are there examples of reliability?
  • How do you know the story’s POV?
  • What are some words that contribute to the mood?

Read Aloud, Together.


Critical Lens Quote-~”All literature is protest. You can’t name a single literary work that isn’t protest.”

Your Task: Critical Lens: 

Texts- “White Bear” and The Tell Tale Heart

Literary Elements- Mood, POV (Unreliable Narrator)

Write a critical essay in which you discuss two works of literature you have read from the particular perspective of the statement that is provided for you in the Critical Lens. In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using specific references to appropriate literary elements from the two works.
Guidelines: Be sure to:
~ Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria for analysis
~ Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it
~ Choose two works you have read that you believe best support your opinion
~ Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze the works you have chosen
~ Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary elements (for example: theme, characterization, setting, point of view) to develop your analysis
~ Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner
~ Specify the titles and authors of the literature you choose
~ Follow the conventions of standard written English



  • I can analyze the impact of the author’s choices in developing and relating the elements and devices of literature. (R3-lit)
  • I can analyze the author’s purpose and perspective. (R6)
  • I can analyze how the structure and organization contribute to the meaning of the text. (R5)
  • Exit Ticket/Closing Circle- How am I preparing for regents exams this weekend?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.


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